Toney’s $500K Heads UFC 118 Paydays

By Brian Knapp Sep 2, 2010
James Toney’s 15 minutes -- 3:19 to be exact -- of mixed martial arts fame earned him half a million dollars.

Toney, a 42-year-old former multi-division boxing champion, pocketed an event-high $500,000 in his first-round submission loss to UFC hall of famer Randy Couture at UFC 118 “Edgar vs. Penn 2” on Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston, according to figures obtained from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission. Couture banked $250,000 for his night’s work.

The 47-year-old Couture, one of only two men to hold titles in two UFC weight classes, took down Toney inside the first minute, glided to mount and positioned himself for the fight-ending arm-triangle choke. Toney tapped out 3:19 into round one.

The Couture-Toney match largely overshadowed the UFC 118 headliner, a rematch between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and former titleholder B.J. Penn. Edgar put on a dazzling performance en route to earning a $96,000 paycheck. Penn left with $150,000 in defeat.

UFC 118 “Edgar vs. Penn 2”

Frankie Edgar -- $96,000 (Includes $48,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn -- $150,000

Randy Couture -- $250,000 def. James Toney -- $500,000

Demian Maia -- $68,000 def. Mario Miranda -- $8,000

Gray Maynard -- $46,000 (Includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Florian -- $65,000

Nate Diaz -- $120,000 (Includes $30,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Marcus Davis -- $91,000 (Includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night bonus)

Joe Lauzon -- $84,000 (Includes $12,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger -- $8,000

Nik Lentz -- $22,000 (Includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner -- $10,000

Dan Miller -- $30,000 (Includes $15,000 win bonus) def. John Salter -- $8,000

Greg Soto -- $12,000 (Includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nick Osipczak -- $10,000

Mike Pierce -- $24,000 (Includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Amilcar Alves -- $6,000

Note: These numbers, sent to by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, are disclosed pay only. UFC performance bonuses, handed out separately by the promotion, are also noted. These figures do not include additional bonuses or percentages of other revenue.
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